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European Magic with Contiki

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9 days
28 Apr 24 to 20 Oct 24
Book by 29 Feb 24
Imagine covering 7 countries in just 9 days, hitting the essential European hotspots without unnecessary delays. Explore Amsterdam's charming gable-houses, relish sausages and steins in a Bavarian beer hall, cruise the canals of Venice, experience the grandeur of the Swiss Alps, and witness the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe lit up at night, all within just over a week. It's a magical whirlwind tour of Europe's must-see destinations.

Includes

  • 9 Days Contiki Guided Holiday
  • 8 nights hotel accommodation (twin share/multi share)
  • 3 Dinners & 8 Breakfasts
  • Transport by mini-coach and ferry / coach
  • Expert Trip Manager, Driver and Local Guides
  • Optional free time add on experiences (additional costs apply)
  • Included experiences
  • Get to know Innsbruck
  • See Cultural Gems in Lucerne
  • A twilight tour of Paris and much more!

Excludes

  • Flights
  • Arrival/ departure transfers
  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Spending money and items of a personal nature

Extras

  • You have to be between the age of 18 and 35 years old to travel with Contiki
  • Additional costs apply for optional free time add on experiences
  • Secure your spot today with a deposit from as low as R1000* and pay the rest 60 days before departure

Highlights

  • 8 Nights hotel accommodation
  • 11 Meals
  • Included experiences and sightseeing

Itinerary

Day 1: Amsterdam

And here we are at our final stop for this evening: Amsterdam! We'll start our exploration of this city with a peek of canals, bicycles & 17th century gable houses lit up by night. Next on the agenda tonight, we have an optional evening cruise along the canals - the perfect way for our travel crew to get to know each other. Afterwards, there's plenty of nightlife to keep you going until the early hours. Stay: Ibis Budget Amsterdam City South (or similar) Included Meals : Dinner INCLUDED EXPERIENCES Marvel at the White Cliffs of Dover See the iconic chalk-white coastline. So special that it’s had songs dedicated to it Amsterdam Evening Canal Cruise Floating down Amsterdam's canals by night is the perfect way to finish off your trip. Cruise past historic buildings & the eye-opening Red Light District. The cruise gives you a different take on one of Europe's hottest creative capitals! ADDITIONAL COST APPLIES: Adults €32,00

Day 2: Amsterdam to Rhine Valley

Amsterdam This morning is your chance to explore Amsterdam. Take a wander down a cobbled canal-lined street, step into a local 'Poffertjes' cafe for Dutch mini pancakes, or check out some of the cute bookshops lining the canal. Then say 'Vaarwel!' because this afternoon we're setting off for our next country, Germany. Rhine Valley From narrow canals to one sprawling river, with boats gliding to and fro. Welcome to the Rhine Valley, home of premium German wine… in a classic romantic setting. It’s a treat for all the senses. Stay: Hotel Montag Sankt Goar (or similar) Twin Rooms Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 3: Rhine Valley to Munich

Rhine Valley Saying goodbye to the Rhine Valley, we'll head on to Munich – where lederhosen, dirndls, steins of beer and gingerbread-style buildings await. Munich "Prost!”. Here in the home of Oktoberfest we'll take a locally guided tour of the city, and amuse ourselves watching the antics of mechanical figurines in the city's famous Glockenspiel. Making the most of our time in Munich this evening, we'll get introduced to 800 years of history at a traditional Bavarian beer hall. Stay: Hotel Montag Sankt Goar (or similar) Twin Rooms Included Meals : Breakfast INCLUDED EXPERIENCES See Munich with Mike's Bike Tour Roll through the Bavarian city on two wheels with an expert guide, for a fun and fascinating jaunt. Get to know Munich This guided walking tour will take you around all the highlights of this Bavarian city, including Marienplatz and Rathaus Glockenspiel. Clink your steins at a beer hall We'll make a stop at a traditional Bavarian ‘Bier Halle’. Grab your Contiki crew and a beer. Prost!

Day 4: Munich to Venice

Munich 'Auf Wiedersehen' Munich, we're off to tick more countries off our list. This morning we'll climb aboard our coach ready for a scenic roll through the Bavarian Alps, past fairytale castles and rambling vineyards, en route to Austria. Innsbruck Drive through Austria without getting out to say hello? Never! We'll pull into Innsbruck for lunch, a laid-back student city made famous by a medieval old town, an old Olympic Ski Jump & a Royal Palace. Venice Ah, Venice! Fresh pasta, lilting accents & romantic architecture - we've arrived in one of Italy's most famous cities. Tonight we'll relax here, knowing we have all day tomorrow to cruise canals & explore picturesque cobbled streets. Stay: Hotel Ambra Quarto Daltino (or similar) Included Meals : Breakfast INCLUDED EXPERIENCES Get to know Innsbruck Snow-capped peaks. Pristine air. Chocolate-box buildings. Innsbruck is the answer to all of your Alpine travel wishes. Austria at Altitude The mountain at the heart of Innsbruck. The Nordkette is part of Austria's largest nature park, the Karwendel Nature Park. The breathtaking 360° view leaves a lasting impression, with the capital of the Alps on one side and Tyrol's most extensive conservation area on the other. The Seegrube, at an altitude of 6,250 ft invites visitors and locals alike to relax, unwind and take in nature at its very best. ADDITIONAL COST APPLIES: Adults €34,00 Gooses T-Shirts Feeling creative? Make up a one-off design for a trip t-shirt with your group. They're perfect for keeping your travel memories fresh when you're back home. ADDITIONAL COST APPLIES: Adults €23,00

Day 5: Venice

Venice Buongiorno! Venice is ours for a full and glorious Italian day. We'll start exploring The Floating City by jumping aboard our own private motoscaffo boat and cruising the canals en route to the historical heart of the city. Here we'll take selfies at the Bridge of Sighs, see the Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Square. Next, you have the chance to discover hidden Venice with a guided walking tour, take a traditional gondola ride, or just explore these cobbled streets on your own. Tonight, you can choose to sign up for an authentic Venetian 3-course feast. Stay: Hotel Ambra Quarto Daltino (or similar) Included Meals : Breakfast INCLUDED EXPERIENCES Cruise on a Motoscafo to Venice Speed across the lagoon to the aqueous island of Venice. Get total James Bond vibes. Gondolas Sit back & watch the city open up from the canals in a gondola. From magnificent palazzi looming in the distance to the locals' laundry strung across the backwaters, Venice's charm gets you at every turn. ADDITIONAL COST APPLIES: Adults €27,00 Hidden Venice & Aperitivo Get an in-depth look into Venice as you walk through the lanes & squares of the city's historic heart. Our Local Guide will show you the monuments & reveal the hidden secrets of the floating city before finishing with a drink & some cicchetti (Venetian style tapas) in true Venetian fashion. ADDITIONAL COST APPLIES: Adults €19,00 Venetian Dinner Feast on some authentic Venetian food in a busy local eatery. Start your culinary journey with traditional antipasto before moving on to a huge variety of regional specialties. Sweeten the experience with something a little 'dolce' for dessert. ADDITIONAL COST APPLIES: Adults €43,00 How to be a Gondelieri (MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience) Learn the history & skills of one of Venice's most iconic professions with a gondolier training. During this unique experience discover the ancient history of gondoliering & learn the basics of manoeuvring the traditional wooden boats. Under the watchful eye of your professional gondolier instructor, practice standing up & paddling on a training ‘gondoletto' through some of Venice's less-trafficked canals & out into the open Venetian Lagoon. ADDITIONAL COST APPLIES: Adults €40,00

Day 6: Venice to Lucerne

Venice With a few days left, it's time to say 'ciao' to our time in Venice. We'll never forget you, city of canals and beauty, but Switzerland is calling us. Back on our coach we'll pass Lake Como as we cruise out of Italy and head onwards and upwards toward the Swiss Alps. Lucerne With magical views unfolding outside our windows we'll find ourselves in Switzerland, pulling up in the fairytale town of Lucerne, famous for its wooden bridges, cobbled lanes and beautiful setting against the lake it's named after. Here we'll visit the wooden chapel bridge and lion monument, then you'll have the chance to take an optional lake cruise tonight, giving yourself a better look at the epic Swiss Alps reflected off the water. Our other recommendation for tonight? Swiss chocolate. Stay: Ibis Budget Luzern City (or similar) Included Meals : Breakfast INCLUDED EXPERIENCES See Cultural Gems in Lucerne Check out the Wooden Chapel Bridge and the giant sandstone Lion Monument

Day 7: Lucerne to Paris

Lucerne It's been sweet, but our time in Lucerne is up this morning. We're Paris-bound! Out with the altitude, in with the inner-city Parisian bliss. We'll jump back onto our coach to cross the border out of Switzerland and (back) into France. Paris After coasting through the pretty wine producing region of Burgundy, we'll arrive in the City of Lights. Lamp-lit bridges, a sparkling Eiffel Tower, & evening coffee haunts, this evening we'll fall in love with everything Paris on a dreamy night-time tour. Is it just us, or is love in the air? Once we've seen the most famous landmarks, we'll celebrate our first night in the city by heading up the Montparnasse Tower for the best panoramic views of the city. Stay: Ibis Paris Porte D'Orleans Hotel (or similar) Included Meals : Breakfast, Dinner INCLUDED EXPERIENCES Take a Twilight Tour of Paris Take a dreamy jaunt around the city of romance. Fall in love with landmarks like the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Louvre, Champs Élysées and Notre-Dame Cathedral. Enjoy Insta-perfect views of Paris Climb to the 56th floor of the Montparnasse Tower for an unbeatable vista of the ‘City of Light’.

Day 8: Paris

Paris There's plenty of time to lust over designer haute couture or French vintage stores, admire the Notre Dame Cathedral, order coffee and crêpes, or get artsy at the many museums of the Louvre. Just don't wear yourself out, because tonight's your chance to get involved with VIP seats and dinner at the iconic Moulin Rouge cabaret show. With your last night looming, this is the perfect way to make it one to remember. Get ready to go out with a bang! Stay: Ibis Paris Porte D'Orleans Hotel (or similar) Included Meals : Breakfast INCLUDED EXPERIENCES Visit a French perfumery Your chance to learn the art of fragrance at a Parisian perfume house. You know it makes scents! (soz). Moulin Rouge Dinner & Show Dress up for a special night out at the world-famous cabaret, the Moulin Rouge. The exciting atmosphere of the evening show is the perfect way to toast your travels with the group over a three-course French meal. From your lamp-lit table, watch a succession of can-can girls, acrobats, comedians, feathers & sequins whirl by as you sip champagne. ADDITIONAL COST APPLIES: Adults €190,00

Day 9: Depart Paris

Paris Rise, shine, and soak up your last dose of Paris this morning over a coffee and croissant together, as we marvel at how much we've seen on this magical journey. It may be over for now, but these friendships and memories will last a lifetime. Our last coach ride together will be a complimentary transfer to CDG airport this morning, or you can stay onboard for the full ride back to London. Plenty of time to start planning the next reunion... Included Meals: Breakfast

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28 Apr 24 to 20 Oct 24
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